Resources for Computer Science

Virtual Meetups: Computer Science and Technology  

The computer science and technology content specialists of the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies are scheduling Virtual Meetups in collaboration with various professional organizations across the state to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. The purpose of the forum is to support educators and to give them a platform to network, share, and gain new skills or strategies to help students succeed while learning remotely. 

This aligns with the vision of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future, which focuses on the whole child by empowering teachers to help their students to become resilient lifelong learners who contribute to society. These meetups help to facilitate discussions about equitable learning opportunities and practices for each child while partnering with educators and professional organizations to promote quality schools and student success. 

The Department will host the meetups in conjunction with guest facilitators sponsored by professional organizations.

Partnering Professional Organizations  

Computer Science Teacher Association of Ohio (CSTA Ohio) 

Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) 

Ohio Educational Technology Agencies (Ohio Ed Techs) 

This page provides computer science resources. In addition to the links provided here, over the next few months, the Department of Education, working with teams of Ohio computer science educators, will create computer science instructional supports. These supports will provide examples and instructional tools/resources that align to Ohio's Learning Standards for Computer Science. Once published, the instructional supports section will continue to be reviewed and updated. Ohio educators are encouraged to submit comments and recommendations to John Wiseman.

Choose from the Links Below:

Ohio Department of Education Guidance Documents

  • Computer Science Guidance Document - This document includes information for the K-12 Compute science administrators and teachers.
  • Computer Science Glossary - This is the companion glossary for Ohio's Learning Standards for Computer Science. 
  • Ohio Graduation Requirements - This webpage provides up-to-date information concerning Ohio graduation requirements, including pathways for graduation.
  • Advanced Computer Science Checklist - When students choose to take advanced computer science in lieu of Algebra 2/Math 3 or equivalent, the school must communicate that some institutions of higher education may require Algebra 2/Math 3 or equivalent for the purpose of college admission. This document is a template schools can use for this purpose.
  • Computer Science Presentation

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Teacher Licensure Resources

  • Education Program Finder - The Educator Preparation Program Finder is the complete list of Chancellor-approved programs that lead to Ohio licensure/endorsement. The Ohio Department of Higher Education verifies that programs on this list hold the authority to recommend program completers for an Ohio educator license.
  • Ohio Assessments for Educators Computer Information Science (OAE 010) - This is the link to the support page for the current Ohio Assessment for Educators Computer Science test (OAE 010).
  • Teacher Certificate and License Search - This tool allows licensure search by subject code. It also allows subject codes to be searched using teacher license codes.

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Curriculum and Professional Development Links


  • Everyone can code - Apple's comprehensive Everyone Can Code curriculum helps teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, you can introduce the basics on iPad, then advance to building real apps on Mac computers.
  • Swift Playgrounds - Swift Playgrounds is an app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps. Then, take on a series of challenges and step up to more advanced playgrounds designed by Apple and other leading developers.

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Carnegie Mellon University

  • CMU Computer Science Academy - This is a free, online, interactive computer science curriculum for high schools that is engaging, creative, rigorous and fun. CS Academy also includes teacher training, an online interactive textbook, online technical support and more!

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CISCO Networking Academy (

  • To get started with the Cisco Academy, go to All of the courses include: teacher resource materials, community of teachers, learning management system, online coursework, activities, labs, and exams. Instructor training can be provided if needed.
  • Computer Networking Courses – Networking is the heartbeat of cybersecurity and IoT. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced networking courses are offered. The courses were just updated for the newest industry certifications. The Packet Tracer simulator is used throughout the course so students can practice building secure networks. The Wireshark packet sniffer is introduced in Introduction to Networks.
  • Cybersecurity Courses – Businesses and organizations are increasingly eager to hire employees capable of detecting and preventing costly data breaches, yet there is a critical shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Cisco Academy offers two exploratory courses: Introduction to Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Essentials. Instructor Training Recordings are available for new instructors in the field. CCNA CyberOps is a career-ready course that maps to an industry credential.
  • Programming – Cisco Academy offers courses in Python programming, C and C++ that also lead to industry certification. Cisco Systems has developed a new industry certification called DevNet Associate that is part of a software developer career path. The DevNet Cisco Academy course is currently under development.
  • Internet of Things – An extremely hot area of technology right now, with new companies, products and opportunities springing up all over the world to take advantage of it. Cisco Academy offers the following courses: Introduction to IoT, IoT Fundamentals: Connecting Things, IoT Fundamentals: Big Data & Analytics, and IoT Fundamentals: IoT Security
  • OS & IT Courses – These courses prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification and introduce students to the Linux operating system. Linux is an essential skill in cybersecurity pathways. The Linux courses lead to the LPIC or Comptia Linux+ certification exams. The Linux courses offer a self-paced option for students.
  • Locate academies using this link

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  •® -® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The website has many coding projects and courses for children of all ages from K-12 and beyond.
  • Professional Learning -® provides professional development opportunities (free for K-5, paid options available for other grades with scholarship opportunities available). also provides CSTA standards alignment.
  • CS Fundamentals Curriculum - (resources for teachers/students Grades K-5) – This page houses links to lesson plans and courses A-F.
  • CS Discoveries Curriculum - (resources for teachers/students in grades 6-10) This page houses links to curriculum organized by units.
  • CS Principles Curriculum - (resources for teachers/students in grades 9-12) – This page houses links to curriculum organized by units.

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  • - CSforALL has resources for individuals and organizations interested in K-12 computer science education.
  • CSforALL membership directory - The CSforAll membership directory has links to many organizations providing resources for school and students.
  • CSforALL SCRIPT - The Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool is a framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a computer science education implementation plan for their students.

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  • Code with Google - a compilation of resources for K-12 educators for exploring computer science in the classroom.
  • CS First - CS First projects involve block-based coding using Scratch. Students create computer science projects around different themes such as sports, art and fashion. Each theme contains eight lessons of 60-90 minutes that can be tailored to fit your schedule. CS First has projects for students from ages 9-14 (grades 3-8).
  • Teacher Support - Provides online teacher training, including videos, additional tips and alignments to the CSTA standards.

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Girls Who Code

  • Girls Who Code Clubs Program - Girls Who Code is an international non-profit leading the movement to close the gender gap in tech. We offer free and flexible computer science programs for 3rd-12th grade students to learn how to make a positive impact on the world through computer science.
  • How to Start a Club Guide - Step-by-step guide to starting a Club!
  • Clubs Flyer (PDF) for more information about our Clubs program.

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  • has a number of teacher resources for ages 3-5 and grades K-12. INFOhio transforms student learning by providing equitable access to quality resources and cost-effective instructional and technical support for each student, educator and parent in Ohio.

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  • Ohio Cyber Range Institute - Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Adjutant General's Department office of the Ohio National Guard, and headquartered at the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio Cyber Range Institute will support collaborative cybersecurity programs across Ohio. The goal of the OCRI is to advance an integrated approach to cybersecurity education, workforce, and economic development in cyber-related fields throughout the state.
  • Ohio Cyber Club Toolkit - The toolkit includes cyber security activities, career resources and other links to help students understand how cyber security impacts everyone. Many of these materials are created by Ohio educators, industry partners and government agencies.

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  • Pathfinders  Online  Institute - As schools across the U.S. have closed and gone remote in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Infosys Foundation USA is proud to support virtual computer science and maker education through its Pathfinders Online Institute. This dynamic learning solution offers activities, resources and lesson ideas for teachers, students and families from a range of content providers (including Microsoft MakeCode, Project Invent, Family Code Night, Bay Area Discovery Museum & more) with new material added weekly. Create an account and start exploring for free today.

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  • Project Lead the Way - Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

    PLTW Computer Science empowers students in grades PreK-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. 

    The program’s interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

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  • CutOut4CS  -The Teaching & Learning Collaborative and Tech Corps created #CutOut4CS to focus on the integration of computational thinking and computer science in the elementary grades.

    Using a cookie design scenario to set the stage and the Scratch programming world, #CUTOUT4CS, like all E4Tech modules, uniquely fuse mathematics and computer science concepts. Connected lessons illuminate computational thinking and focus on increasing student understanding in Operations & Algebraic Thinking for Grades 3-4.

    Interested in bringing CUTOUT4CS to your district?  
    CLICK HERE for Information on professional development opportunities!

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For information on professional development workshops for teachers and educators, e-mail Ohio State Professor Chris Orban ( , Mount Union Professor Richelle Teeling-Smith (, or Marietta College Professor Stephen Lewis (

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Career Resources

  • Ohio's Industry Credential and WorkKeys Page - The process of earning industry-recognized credentials allows students to experience education through work, about work and for work. Students learn more deeply by practicing and applying their knowledge through work and employment experiences. They learn about workplace expectations in terms of professional or “soft” skills needed for employment, as well as learning about career pathways and what the labor market for particular occupations looks like. Students learn the job-specific skills they will need to perform day-to-day tasks.
  • Career Connections - Career Connections provides decision-making materials, information and tools that easily fit career education into classroom instruction at all grade levels. Career Connections is a joint initiative among the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioMeansJobs and Ohio Department of Education.
  • OhioMeansJobs K-12 - The place to plan your future. Get started by taking the guided tour and completing recommended activities; creating an online backpack to save and view information; taking a career interest survey to learn about yourself; exploring career information by a keyword or industry; building a budget to learn about the cost of living on your own.

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Professional Organizations

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